RYB 903: ALS Diagnosis Sparks Health Questions for Entrepreneurs and Wake Up Call

By Scott Voelker •  Updated: 11/04/20 •  9 min read

Today I’m starting today’s episode with some energy because this session is a little more somber than most. I have my friend, John on the podcast today, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. It’s been a difficult time for him and his family. I wanted to have him on to talk about his story and how he has overcome all of the difficult changes that he has had to face.

He’ll share his experience about how our health is so important and why it matters so much to take good care of yourself. John will tell you that he wasn’t as healthy as he could have been before his diagnosis. And how he has turned his entire lifestyle around. He’s come face to face that the only chance of survival is how he treats his body. 

John’s ALS Diagnosis

It’s a very lengthy process to get an official diagnosis of ALS. About a year ago, I reached out to my Dr. to start the process to figure out what was wrong. I didn’t feel like myself, and I knew that something wasn’t right. It took over two months to get a diagnosis. 

One of the first symptoms I saw was weakness in my hands, along with aches and pains in my upper body. I had to initially bring up the possibility to my Dr. that I might have ALS. At first, he didn’t think it was a possible diagnosis However, when I finally got the news that it was the correct diagnosis, it was devastating. I felt pretty good, so it was hard to process that I had just received such a devastating diagnosis. 

The Power of Drinking 16oz of Celery Juice Every Day 

Before my diagnosis, I was a “grab-n-go” eater. I would try to be somewhat healthy but was more focused on convenient eating and didn’t always think twice about what I was putting into my body. I now know that I was eating pretty poorly at the time. 

After my ALS diagnosis, I went all in and completely changed my lifestyle. I now realize that healthy eating can be a powerful medicine in of itself. I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it weren’t for my daughter. She has been so helpful in helping me change my lifestyle and was the one to introduce me to celery juice and the power of healthy eating. 

Drinking celery juice was one of the first things that I tried after my diagnosis. It was a pain at first and didn’t taste very good. However, I do feel like it’s been an important part of the process to help cleanse my body. I drink it first thing in the morning before I eat anything else. I usually drink 16oz every single day. I’ve been drinking celery juice each morning consistently for the last ten months and have felt like it’s made a positive difference overall. 

The Benefits of Healthy Eating 

I’ve made quite a few changes to my diet overall. I’ve stopped eating red meat and minimize my protein intake. I do eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. I don’t eat any gluten or dairy, which was hard to adjust to at first. However, I figured if it’s going to help me, I might as well do it because I don’t have anything to lose. 

One of my favorite meals is organic chicken with broccoli, asparagus, and apple sauce. For me, it’s all about keeping the weight on and staying healthy. I actually eat a lot of fruit, especially berries. We were born to each what comes out of the ground, and it’s been nice to get back to that. 

I eat a lot of Avocados, nuts (except for peanuts) and use MTC oil to add healthy fats into my diet. MTC is similar to coconut oil, and I use 1-2 tablespoons of that per day. I’ve found that eating healthy has allowed me to do something to help me keep moving forward and set my body up to live longer. So that if any experimental studies come up in the near future for ALS, I’ll be ready to be a participant. 

A Shift in Your Mindset Can Go a Long Way 

If you spend a lot of time with negative people, it can be difficult to get away from that. And you’ll find yourself feeling negative along with them. So, it’s important to spend additional time with positive people who are there to lift you up. 

My daughter found a website that shares stories of others who have ALS and have lived many healthy years after their diagnosis. Most of them refused to take the medications prescribed and have found that having a positive mindset has been very helpful in slowing down the progression. 

I would never feel comfortable saying out loud that I am going to beat my diagnosis. But I am taking it one day at a time and am optimistic about the future. I am taking it one day at a time and am hoping for the best. It’s easy to get in a “give up” mood when you’ve been diagnosed with ALS or another devastating diagnosis. Especially when your doctor makes it seem like there is no hope. However, it’s all about getting in the right mindset and finding peace and hope in the future. 

As I go along, I have to put my ego aside and adjust to the changes that are happening to my body. I’m not able to do everything that I used to, and I’ve had to accept it, which hasn’t been easy. I used to be on the go all of the time and had a very busy life, which would run me down. I’m now in a different part of my life and have had to switch gears. It’s also been helpful to have such a positive support system ready to help me along the way. 

How To Overcome a Difficult Diagnosis 

When you’re faced with challenging health news, it’s important to take it one day at a time. It helps to have a loving support system like I mentioned before, who are there to help get you through it. 

Take time to slow down and take care of yourself. Analyze your current lifestyle and see if there are things that you can adjust to make sure that you’re taking good care of yourself. Look for areas that you can improve upon and don’t give up. The goal is to start by reducing any high levels of stress that you might be facing. 

It’s also very important to become your own advocate when you get a difficult diagnosis. Most of the time, medical doctors aren’t always going to help you with respect to changing your diet or lifestyle. When I was diagnosed with ALS, I requested to take a hair analysis. I learned a lot about what deficiencies that I had so that I knew where to start in regards to the lifestyle changes I was going to make. But I had to ask for this test and start to do my own research. 

Final Note From Scott

I think that we all neglect our health at times. Especially when we’re young and feel like we’re invincible. I know that this wasn’t a brand-building episode, but I thought it was a very important topic to touch on. As a business owner, you depend on your health to ensure that you’re able to keep things moving along. 

Take the time to think about how you can prolong aging and take care of your body. I’ve come to really value life and know that if I’m not able to be healthy, what good is it to try and create a better life for myself. Imagine what your life would be like if you were running at full capacity and taking good care of your body. 

Try to implement at least one thing you learned from today’s podcast. For me, it’s drinking 16 oz of celery juice every day. I may not enjoy the way it tastes, but I know that it’s good for me and is going to help me live a healthier lifestyle. Thanks for tuning in today!

As always, I am here for you, I believe in you and am rooting for you. It’s time for you to take action and go rock your brand! 

Thanks For Tuning in!

“Remember, I'm here for you, I believe in you, and I'm rooting for you! Now it's time for you to take action and go rock your brand”!

Take-Aways From Today’s Episode:

  1. John’s ALS Diagnosis (8:00)
  2. The Power of Drinking 16oz of Celery Juice Every Day (15:20)
  3. The Benefits of Healthy Eating 
  4. A Shift in Your Mindset Can Go a Long Way (33:26)
  5. How To Overcome a Difficult Diagnosis (48:20)


00:00:01 This episode is not how to build your brand to six and seven figures. Right? This is here to say, listen, like we can work ourselves to death, but if we don't take care of ourselves, it might not be for anything.

00:00:15 Hey, Hey, Hey, what's up, everyone. Welcome to the rock, your brand podcast. I'm your host, Scott. Voelker a serial entrepreneur on a mission to help you. This show is designed to teach you to inspire you, to motivate you, to take massive action and build a future-proof business. So whether you're just starting out or taking your existing business to the next level, this is your home. Now, if you're ready, I'm ready. Let's rock your brand. What's up guys.

00:00:47 Welcome back to another episode of the rock, your brand podcast. This is episode nine Oh three. And today I am starting with a little bit of energy because well, this conversation could well make you not so energetic because, uh, well, we're going to be talking about some life and death stuff. Uh, I did an episode, uh, back, uh, it was quite a while ago now it was seven 86 and the title of that was the life and death game important wake-up call. And that was very emotional, a podcast episode that I did. And it was about a good friend of mine. His name is John, and he was recently diagnosed with ALS. And, uh, I talked about on that episode, just how precious life is and how we all take it for granted. And, you know, health is a big, big, uh, thing to, you know, to keep an eye on and to really make sure that you're, you're doing the best that you can for your body and all of that stuff.

00:01:47 And so what I decided to do is, uh, you know, it's been months since that episode aired. It's also been months since, you know, my buddy was diagnosed with ALS and actually has been doing really, really good. I mean, super good. Uh, I mean the doctors are kind of like surprised that he hasn't really shown much signs of the disease kind of taken control of his body, which is really, really awesome. So what I'd wanted to do is I wanted to get him on the pockets. Now he's not a podcaster, he's not a guy that's going to be out there in the internet world. He's not going to be someone that you would have come on here as a featured guest. That was, you know, someone that has had these massive successes and all of that stuff. But what he does have is he has a really great story to share now, which I always talk about that with my son, Scotty.

00:02:40 I say, you know, whatever we're doing right now, whatever we're going through, it adds to our story. It's what we get to learn by us going through the different chapters of our life. And, uh, what I wanted to do though, is I wanted to get John on and just have a conversation with him because he turned me on to celery juice. And, uh, you talked all about the, I guess, all the benefits, but all of the things that it does for your body, the cleansing, the detoxing, the adding all of the good stuff to it, but he's really switched his diet around like 100% around. And when I had Darren Olean on who also was an amazing guest, I asked him questions about what John should do and all of that stuff. And one of the things was his diet and he knew of a girl that, uh, was diagnosed.

00:03:27 And, uh, she actually showed signs of reversing it in a sense by her just switching up to a plant-based type diet. Now I'm not here saying that everyone should go plant-based or vegan or any of that stuff. All I'm here to do is to let you, you know, and this interview is that as you're an entrepreneur, as you're building your business, we can't lose sight of our body. Our health, our health is all we have, right. And we need to take care of ourselves. And John, John is a perfect example. He'll, he'll tell you, and you'll, you'll listen to it in this, in this episode, like he wasn't the healthiest, he wasn't thinking about that. He was just thinking, well, I'm, I'm doing okay. And I'll just go ahead and pick up the fast food on the way home or on the way to the job or whatever.

00:04:12 And now it's completely different because he's been faced with, you know, what the, the only chance that you really have right now is to get your, your insides, your, your chemistry, your bio chemistry, like all of that stuff, all you can do is try to help that. And we talk about celery juice and the benefits of that and how he even discovered that we talk about the things that he's eating. Now, we're talking about mindset now, John was never really a big like mindset guy. Uh, but now he's a huge believer in mindset. Uh, and so again, this episode, isn't about how to go build your, your brand to six or seven figures, but it will help you get there. If you have a better mind, if you have a better body, if you feel better, if you remove stress, all of those things. So I encourage you to sit in on this conversation that I had with my good friend, John, and we talk about this news that he was faced with how he dealt with it, how he got through it, but then also more importantly, what he's doing right now to give his body and his, you know, his life, you know, uh, a greater chance of, of living.

00:05:24 Uh, and so again, this is a hard topic because it's real well. I mean, we're talking with someone that was diagnosed with this ALS disease, which is just crazy, um, but how he has a great attitude and what he's doing to really try to win this battle, or at least prolong it. So again, I, I encourage you to listen and just start thinking about your own health, your own situation and what you can do to improve it. All right. So enjoy and, uh, yeah. Take care of yourself. All right. Well, Hey John, thank you so much, man, for coming

00:05:58 On the podcast, this is going to be fun. And, uh, well, uh, I wanted to get you on because while you've had some big news in the past and, uh, it has to do with help. And, uh, I really wanted to get you on to kind of hopefully shed light on, on this situation and who knows someone listening might have a resource that they could turn us on to. So I wasn't going, man, how are you doing?

00:06:22 Not too bad. Um, as you know, uh, I've been diagnosed earlier this year with it with ALS, which is pretty mind blowing and, uh, and the Western, I call it Western medicine, the doctors we all go to and trust, uh, they don't really have not nothing against them. They, they don't really have anything that's very helpful, unfortunately. So there are other people thanks to the internet. And my daughter, especially that has, is in the medical field, has researched a lot and put me on a, at least the right track with my mind. Um, and, and basically my nutrition. Um, and I guess that's what I'm here to talk to you about what I'm doing and how I'm doing.

00:07:14 Yeah, well, you know, and I think it's, it's incredible that, okay, you got this. I mean, there's, there's a whole wave of emotions, right. That, that are like, you know, you, you, uh, just to kind of lead people back. I mean, I did a podcast episode about after, when I found out about it and how I felt, you know, as someone that is close to me that got diagnosed and, and all of that stuff and kind of feeling out of con you know, like not in control or there's anything that you can really do. Um, now we're at a place though to you've been diagnosed for, you know, what has it been, has it, it hasn't been a full year yet, has it?

00:07:47 No. Um, you know, diagnosis is one thing, but symptoms, uh, thinking back with this disease, go back a few years, usually

00:07:56 When, but the actual, like, this is what you have John, like when,

00:08:00 Well, I think a lot of people in my situation may already know, uh, because it's a lengthy process to get the diagnosis because they try to basically weigh out so many other things that could mimic could be a mimicker. Um, so I would say like, when I really decided to, like, something's not right, it's been probably about a full year. It was about this, this month that I actually started calling my doctor we're back and forth and got the whole thing started with MRIs. Uh, you know, x-rays EMGs all, all the things that go along to see if they can figure out what it is or what it is. And, uh, and then it's a process of going to a neurologist. So it, it literally took about two months to get the actual diagnosis. But prior to that, my daughter in the medical field, uh, you know, basically kind of kept it to herself, but kind of already knew, cause she's just knowledgeable in the neuro she's a physical therapist, uh, specifically in neurology, uh, or manically. So she kind of had a heads up and started me on just eating healthier with some supplements and, uh, and actually resources too, that she's looked up and stuff.

00:09:16 Let's go back a little bit though. What, what were the symptoms? Just so someone that's listening. I mean, I don't want to scare anybody, but I want people to realize this happen.

00:09:25 I have what they call limb onset and, uh, thinking back it was in my hands, uh, just like weakness with like gripping things, uh, uh, just grabbing something and turning. It was just off. Um, just things like that. You put the credit card into the gas machine and swipe it out. I'm like, couldn't like grab it out, like, like normal, but didn't really think much of it and stories that I hear from other people they're like, and it's weird, but it's not like something, you bring it up to the doctor. And I think that, you know, I, I had, I talked to him, I started getting some aches and pains in my upper body arms and stuff like that, which is part of it. And, uh, being that I took cholesterol medicine and, and, uh, it can cause myopothy, which is muscle aches. And he said, well, start taking some co Q 10 medications that should help that went like in a physical, my annual physical fruit for a few months later and brought it up to him again.

00:10:29 And he grabbed my hands. But John, your blood work looks really good. And okay. I think that's when, when you came, you were coming here, we went snowmobile. So it's, so it's such like mild symptoms that we wrote hard to. Yeah, absolutely. So things I would say about a year ago were, were pretty noticeable. I started to getting some thumb twitching and of course you're thinking it could be signs of Parkinson's or you start looking up on the internet and internet. It's just horrifying with all the things. And of course it's a horrifying thing that, that I was told, but the good news is there's some people that actually do pretty well with it. Uh it's it's rare. But, uh, so we're kind of me and my daughter kind of following that lead of, uh, that's where I think we were going to step into. I know you want to talk about the celery, celery juice

00:11:23 As part

00:11:24 Of my protocol, I guess. So, um, so at,

00:11:30 No, I just want to kind of go back to the crazy story of like your doctor and we won't mention who it is. And basically you brought it up to him. You're like, could it be ALS he's like, John, listen, if you add ALS you, you know you. Yes.

00:11:46 Yeah. What did he say? Walk across

00:11:48 The room, come back. Well, I

00:11:50 Don't know. He said something about all the way you're walking. You definitely don't have Parkinson's but, and, uh, but I said, well, what about ALS? Not John? That's just ridiculous. I'm like, okay. So he just started me on the process of you actually referred me more to a rehab, uh, specialist, uh, that did the EMG that tries to help people that have broken arms or whatever. It wasn't really the rush. He should've said you should go see a neurologist, but Hey, you know, it's, it's a rare thing that probably hasn't seen a lot he's and he's been around a while, but, um, I just don't think he dug in, you know, took it serious, which unfortunately, fortunately, or unfortunately, I guess, did I want to know it sooner or did I not? Um, I think you'd be better off if you did know sooner to get a head start on it, if that matters. So, yeah.

00:12:46 Um, okay, so you, you, you get to that point, it's a shock, obviously you get the news. Uh I'm sure. I mean, I know just from us hearing it, it was like we were anticipating and waiting and then you, I mean, obviously you were, and we're waiting to hear, and then you guys, you know, get the news and then you let it, let us know. And it was devastating for us devastating for you. Right. How do you, how do you switch gears at that point and pull yourself out of that hole of like, Holy crap, you know what I mean? Like, you know,

00:13:20 Yeah. At first it's like she, I got to do everything I want to do. Uh, you know, it goes through your mind and we did book a month later to go to Florida for a week with a whole family with a new grand baby and stuff, which, which was helpful. I think it was actually right literally before COVID. So we flew to Florida with them grand baby and the kids and terrifying, you know, knowing that that could have been COVID problems. But anyways, so that, and then of course it's like, you wake up and you, you just think you're gonna live another 30, 40 years in your mind cause you feel good. But then now you're told that you're, you're more than likely not going to. So, um, you eventually just, you have to get over it. What choice do you have? You

00:14:12 Know, what choice do you have? Yeah.

00:14:15 You know, just try to be around positive people as much as possible.

00:14:19 Yeah. I want to talk about that, uh, in a minute, um, after we get into diet and stuff, cause I know that now you're big into, you know, positivity, like in, because of all of the, you know, research and everything that you've done and how powerful that is and how some people have used that as a tool, um, to basically, you know, turn things around and, and, and be more positive. And, uh, so anyway, w w we're definitely gonna dig into that. Let's okay. So let's dig into, into like diet nutrition and, and the reason why I'm bringing this up to anyone like I've, I've followed pretty good diet nutrition. You know that John, for a long time, obviously I'm going to cheat a little bit. I'm going to have pizza. I'm going to have a beer. I'm going to do those types of things, but I've always had a pretty decent, I've always been about positivity, all that stuff. And you, on the other hand, you were interested, but weren't like, Scott, I'm going to go all in on that.

00:15:10 Uh, being a busy lifestyle that I had, I think it was like the grab and go type type type of eater. Uh it's you know, it's just not, yeah. I mean, I guess probably probably how the average American eats, you know,

00:15:26 It's like quick, that's why it's called the convenience store. Right? Exactly. Yeah. You go in, you grab a muffin or you grab a egg sandwich and I was trying to be

00:15:34 Like egg white, uh, um, on an English muffin, egg sandwich, just thinking I'm being healthy. Maybe it is a little bit better than the McDonald's one, so, right. So yeah, I try to somewhat be healthy, maybe lunchtime stop. They actually have great tuna fish sandwiches and a bottle of ginger ale, but I always had to get their bag of chips, you know, to go with it. So, um, that was kind of a regular routine, you know, and dinner, you know, it's just the life being so busy sometimes it's between me and my wife would be like, yeah, I'm just going to eat this for dinner. Yeah. I'm going to keep it, you know, never having a sit down just because you're busy, busy in life. And, uh, I,

00:16:14 To say typical, I don't want

00:16:16 To say horrible, but now from what I'm learning about food, uh, I did eat horrible, you know, so, right. So I did like a, a one 80 on the way I look at everything I eat at this point.

00:16:32 Okay. Let's, let's, let's dig into that. So, uh, let's talk about your findings and your daughter's finding, uh, Cassandra, uh, and kind of let's dig into that because I think regardless, this is good for anyone, whether you have a diagnosis or not, uh, and the power of what you're doing. And also, you know, just to let people know, like you have these markers now, or these, you have like a, kind of like a, a kind of a, um, a thing that you're being measured against at all times. Like you go in, you get checked, there's these points, they deduct points. If you have, you know, gotten less in a certain area, motor skills, all of these different things,

00:17:14 They just want to track your decline. And, um, like I said, there was a couple of medications that I haven't even taken yet because actually the LA the last couple of visits, the neurologist wanted to do more EMGs. Cause he's seeing that, um, I'm pretty slow progressor. Um, but I think it's a lot to what I'm doing. Um, yeah. So anyways, so yeah,

00:17:37 No, no, no, you're good. Um, so I, and I agree, I think, and I think it's amazing that you basically said, you know what, I'm just going to go all in on this. It's that, that's my, that's my chance. That's my, that's my power. That's what I can control.

00:17:50 And I'm realizing that food can actually be medicine. So that's kind of how I look at it now.

00:17:56 So let's, let's talk about the celery juice real quick. Cause I just got into that here. Well, the time of this recording, I think I'm three full days in now where I'm having celery juice, 16 ounces every single morning. Um, so let's, let's talk about that. Where did this come from? That you even discovered this, I know you did a whole bunch of research, just like

00:18:18 For my daughter, like be honest with you. I probably wouldn't be anywhere is on the path I'm at, um, without my daughter. Cause because she's a number one, a very spiritual person believes in, you know, it is what it is, dad, you know, I get, I get a little emotional because she's been so helpful, but, uh, and she, she follows, uh, the medical medium. I don't know if I can say that I'm on your podcast, but um, he's someone who's very spiritual and, and talks to, he says the spirit. So I feel like, okay, it's a little cuckoo honey, but, um, he does have a, quite the following and, uh, he has a lot of good information, a lot of resources, uh, that, that seemed to be helpful. Um, so he's the one that actually, I guess as a little boy, a teenager, I don't know, spirit told him something about celery juice to be a very here healing. It's not really a vegetable, it's an herb, I guess. So, um, anyways, that's where it all came from. I said, well, I'll try it. And, uh, it was a pain, you know, at first we got the first juice or we got was, uh, a lot of work to clean and well, you know, it wasn't very tasty. It was like, okay. But then I start to look at it. If this is going to help me, I'm just gonna stick to it. So, um, we ended up getting a different juice or that he kind of recommends, it's a lot easier to clean

00:19:48 The one that you told me to get. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. It works. I'm on my third day. The only, the only thing I don't like about it is, um, the only part that's hard to clean is the very fine little meshing where it pushes through, but I'm kind of figuring out a system for that. I usually like let it soak in hot water for a little bit. When I clean a lot of

00:20:08 People, a lot of people do give up because it's like, ah, it's just a pain. Yeah,

00:20:12 It does. And it takes a lot of salary, man. It takes a lot. Well, I don't know.

00:20:17 I don't know how much I learned about salary, but he actually had an audible that I listened to. Uh, that was a 10 hour audio audible that he has about celery juice. And someone said, what the hell can he say about

00:20:30 Though? But it was very

00:20:32 Intriguing. And it just talked about how healing the sodium cluster salts in it, but he was stressing on how important it is if you really want to use it to, to help cleanse your body or, uh, to use it alone. And it's very, to want to put stuff in it, which is fine for the average person. But for me, in my case, I just said, all right, well, we'll do it by itself on an empty stomach. When I first wake up, don't eat any anything for at least 30 minutes, it's fine or whatever. So I guess it's the idea that it's, it's hitting your, you know, obviously your stomach, your liver, and beyond that, you know, you recommend 16 ounces. You can do up to a hundred ounces, but that's extreme expensive. And so I just kind of stuck with the 16 ounces and actually my wife does it with me, but there's days where she's like, nah, I'm doing coffee. And uh, so, but I'm sticking with, I probably am doing it. I would say consistently for 10 months probably. And there's days where I do miss it. We're out of it, but I'll just go with like lemon water at least as a, as an alternative, which is good as well. So, so anyways, it's just part of my daily routine. Yeah.

00:21:47 I, I it's, it's funny. Cause I actually started listening to that. I went to one episode, I wanted to go to the medical medium and I wanted to just hear the one episode he talks about salary and I'll link this up in the show notes. So if you guys are listening and you want to know like what podcast episode that was, I'll link it up. I don't have the number off the top of my head. I'll find it. I'll link it up in the, in the show notes. And it was dedicated to just why 16 ounces of celery juice. Right. And he goes through the entire thing for like 50 minutes again, how can you talk about 16 ounces of salary for 50 minutes? What he does and it's not boring. It's, it's actually interesting. And he talks about like, you know, if you have four ounces, it's fine.

00:22:24 It's better than nothing, but you're not going to get the full effect of it. And the reason is, is because it's traveling through your entire body and it has obstacles. And every time that it hits through one of those obstacles, it's diminishing, right? So it's lessening. So you want enough of it to get through. And um, and he talks about just like, it starts in your mouth and there's, you know, there's bacteria in your mouth immediately. It's going to help with that. Then it's going to hit your esophagus. Then it's going to go down into your stomach. And he talks about all of the organs and everything. And he just kind of paints that picture of like what it's doing for you. So while you're drinking it and you're like, you know, this doesn't taste as good as a smoothie, right. With sugar in it. But man, Oh man, I'm just thinking about what this thing is doing to my insides, cleaning it and, and uh, you know, helping it and, and actually reversing things that are in there and getting rid of the sludge and all this stuff that he says that just built up over time. And, um, I don't know. I look at your results, John, and I say your results is like, you look, honestly, you look healthier than you've ever looked to me.

00:23:25 I do feel actually better than before I was diagnosed. And like I said, it was obviously my diet sugars and know I've cut out a lot of other foods if you want to get into that too. But I mean, celery juice, won't be very helpful if you're going to do that and then eat a big Mac every day. So it's, it's a whole, it's just a part of the whole, yeah.

00:23:46 Okay. So I'm a fan of the celery juice. Now I'm going to be doing it. Like I said, I've made it part of my morning and I was messaging you the, in the other morning, I was funny because I did my first batch and I shot you a video and then you immediately sent it back and you go out to bone up at the cause you were having years of the exact stats,

00:24:04 Schedule the dogs, get me up like between five, six in the morning and let them out kind of all right. It's time to get the salary go. So that's my first thing. So even sometimes I'll even go back to bed for, for 30 minutes, let that set in there and then I can get up and I can eat whatever, you know.

00:24:21 Yeah. I actually, uh, what I'm doing now, John is, uh, I'll get up. I get up about five 30 and I have it all. It's funny the night before I'll prep, like, I'll get my, I'll put it in a little bowl. And I got all my, all my stocks rinsed and everything, and they're chopping up about eight inch pieces. And then I get up in the morning, I pull it out of there and I go ahead and I run it through, it takes me about five, maybe seven minutes. Then I drink it in like three or four gulps. Um, and then I'm out the door. I take a walk, I walk for 30 minutes. Then I come back. I shower. I come out by that time. It's an hour. That's when I have my cup of coffee. So I've kind of built it into my schedule now or into my routine, I should say.

00:25:00 And one thing I think that I really noticed that it helped in me is I guess I, I do talk to a functional doctor and he, they asked you about your, your S your stools, you know, which is kind of weird, but that's how they base, you know, how they can help you. And I was pretty regular in the morning, but they weren't apparently good stools. He said, it's, um, more likely, I guess what he called a leaky gut, uh, which, uh, you have like a bio, uh, uh, bacteria, good bacteria, bad bacteria, too much bad bacteria. I honestly believe that that has within a few months almost totally cleared it up. And it's a lot, lot better now, but I think I attributed it to overall eating better as well. Cutting a lot of things out.

00:25:51 So let's, let's, let's, let's talk about that. The, the diet they'll even further, um, celery juice is kind of priming the pump, getting everything kind of ready. Uh what's what's the next what's, what's the next thing, like, what's the next thing. And, and are you, are you a hundred percent? Plant-based

00:26:10 No, um, I I'm pretty much off red meat. Um, it's recommended, um, organic chicken, but not a lot. My daughter says not too much protein, you know, you don't want to get too much, you know, whatever. Um, there's some protocols that, that you want to include fruits, vegetables, your, they call them macro nutrients that we all need the carbohydrates proteins. And, uh, what's the other one, I forget. But anyways, I kind of have the carbs, the proteins and the fats, the healthy fat. So you want to get a right kind of an equal balance or not an equal, but the right balance of those. Yes. The functional medical doctor actually kind of, I started on about a year ago on a, on a pretty good diet. And then he kind of tweaked it for me a little bit to, um, basically no gluten, no grains, no dairies, uh, here, like what, what the heck and also soccer at first, but all honesty after you get by that. And I looked at it as well, if it's going to help me, I'm going to, I'm going to do it. And, uh, so, so basically I look at food totally different actually, no, you've probably heard the saying it tastes better. And, and, uh, I don't really miss that, you know, juicy burger and the bad stuff and the sugary cards and stuff like that. So getting the right carbs too, from, from potatoes, uh, rice, stuff like that.

00:27:46 So like what, what, what does that consist of give, give us like a run through like, you know, we're coming over for dinner. What's John what's John got on his plate.

00:27:55 My favorite is just a simple, a babysitter, maybe some organic chicken with, uh, with broccoli, asparagus, some applesauce, um, all of the above. It's always fruits, vegetables, most had some nice, uh, things that she makes, uh, with the Instapot thing. I forget what she calls it, but it's all healthy. Um, I include a lot of potatoes, uh, with me with this diagnosis. It's all about keeping your weight on. So you think all you're drinking celery juice to lose weight? It's not, it's not that, I mean, I'm, I'm, I got to still eat the calories because my body's consuming, uh, as part of part of what the disease, I mean, I can literally eat 3000 calories and not gain weight. Most people would love that, but they wouldn't, they don't want to have what I have, uh, include nuts. Um, a handful of nuts, no peanuts, you know, salads of course, but a lot of fruit, the mixed berries, blueberries, red Berry, but blackberries, they try to have a cup, a cup or more of that a day, every morning, you know, apples, you know, and another thing with the medical medium meat, he, uh, stresses on like certain healing foods, celery, an Apple ginger, um, honey, I mean, I try to include fruit cause I'm not eating sugar from the bad sugar.

00:29:19 You do need some sugar glucose. So include including a little bit of like maybe two tablespoons a day. And that's what the average person can have. So I'll have it. Sometimes you just eat it with a spoon. And my wife's like, what the hell? That's gross. I go, hi, it's delicious. It's really, I don't, I love

00:29:39 It. You know, it's funny, Lisa just got some, uh, some, um, local honey, which is also good for like allergies and stuff, I guess. Cause if you're in the area, but, um, and she got someone, I immediately, I put it on a spoon and I just took, uh, a spoonful of it. I'm like, that is frigging.

00:29:54 It is. Yeah. It's really good. Everything that's coming, you know, I think we're, we were actually born to eat what comes out of the ground or, you know, whatever. It's just, the world has just changed. Uh, we screwed it up. The convenience. It is

00:30:08 My ancestors didn't have all that crap, you know? Um, so what, what about like, uh, Pinto beans or,

00:30:17 Oh yeah, the, they, they classify them. I always say lagoons everybody laughs. But I do do a variety of that, whether it's garbanzo beans, black beans. So try and do a cup of that a day and a sweet potato in the morning with that cinnamon cinnamon, make it a concoction, the sweet potatoes, a lot of high nutrients in it and stuff that was recommended recommended by the functional doctor. Uh, so I try to include that every morning with the fruits

00:30:47 You, how are you consuming? Uh, like good fats,

00:30:52 Um, avocados, uh, they call it, I know you're familiar with the MCT oil. We actually had bought that when we were getting, we, we still do the Bulletproof. I don't drink coffee on a regular basis. Cause it was a record. It was just recommended not to, but I just said, you know what? Some of the guys that are in my situation say, you know what, I'm going to have it once a week on a weekend or so I said, well, I started that. And then I said, you know what, I'm going to do it on the weekends Saturday and Sunday. And then people say, why bother? I don't know, it's a little treat, but I do enjoy it. And uh, you know, look forward to it.

00:31:28 You put putting that, are you putting the, the care gold butter in it still?

00:31:31 No, I'm, I'm, I'm actually putting this, uh, MCT oil in it because you do the Kerry gold. Yep. I just, I just stay with the MCT oil cause I actually take it's like, it's like coconut oil exactly is a healthy fat. So they recommend a lot of people with my situation to take a couple tablespoons a day of that. So that would be like the avocados actually the nuts that mixed Nazi for some reason, doctor said stay away from peanuts specifically, but all the other nuts nuts should be good, but then you don't want to eat too many because he could be hard on your liver. Cause you're trying to, the whole process of eating healthy is trying to clean things out. So

00:32:14 You get the diet all checked in and uh, let's switch it over to like mindset, right? Because you know, you, you've kind of become really kind of interested in also practicing, you know, this positivity mindset because you're hearing good things about other people that have had it, whether it's, again, again, let's, let's just say whether it's woo or not. I don't care at this point. Uh, I, you know, I, I literally just had this conversation the other day and uh, I had Darren Olina in which you listen to the interview, which I talked a little bit about you and he was talking about, well, he talks about the water, how water is so different. And if you're going to have water, decide to have it, if you can get it in a blue bottle because of the rays of the sun and blah, blah, blah in the glass, he was even saying, it can add more energy to the glass, which I don't know if I believe that it, you know what, the way I look at it is even if it's not like accurate or even if it's not true, if I drink that bottle of water and I see, I see gratitude or I see love on it, it's going to make me think of gratitude and love and how can that be bad for me,

00:33:18 Right? No, exactly. So I, it has changed my mindset to, to like what you said, just that, um, how you think, I really believe that's a whole nother subject, uh, your thoughts. I mean, if you're going to be around negative people, I mean, you're never going to get away from them a hundred percent. It's they're going to kind of drag you down, you know, to try to be positive, um, is huge. And even if you're around those negative people, I guess you try to deal with it and try to bring your positivity on to them and maybe they'll catch on someday. Maybe not, but it does mean a lot your mind, but I think that the eating healthy is just so like something, I feel like I'm doing something to help myself. Just maybe there's a lot of things in the pipeline they call it that may be available in the next year or so. Um, w like STEM cells, uh, there's one particular one, but you know, so anyways, she's trying to set your body up as best you can for, for, you know, um, being ready to, uh,

00:34:29 Whatever ready

00:34:31 We'll live longer. So you can get to that point that you could possibly experiment. Right. And right, and be also in the healthiest or the healthiest state to be accepted because let's face it. They also want people that are at a certain quality. So that way there, they have the best chance for the thing to work. So a lot of that, a lot of that can go into it as well.

00:34:52 It's also changed my view on medications for the past 10 years, taking statins, which, you know, 80% of people probably after their fifties are taken a stat in which is a cholesterol drug. And basically my doctor is like 10 years ago. Like, well, John, you're getting older. It's just, it's just part of it. It's like, it's either hereditary. You just got to do it. I take it. And, uh, so now that I've what I've learned. I just trusted him like, okay. And then my cholesterol dropped and the numbers always look good. And, and I was actually hypo thyroid. It was never like, geez, John, yeah, this, this is off. Uh, you know, you should get this looked into why that this is this. Instead of that, it was like, I have a drug for you, um, to take of it. Meanwhile, everything you read about drugs is it can be very damaging to your liver.

00:35:44 Um, and you look at all the commercials with all these drugs and all the side effects that they say they have. It's like, okay, but you know, I get it. If there's no magic pill, that's going to cure me, I guess I'll take that chance. But, um, I just believe if I took more, paid more attention to the way I ate and I found out I could get off of them, like within a couple months, I'm, I'm off all my medication, my two medications that I was taking and the doctor that I'm seeing now, we're, we're tracking it to make sure my cholesterol is okay. And my, how is it now that you've been on? And that was as of August. So that was, I got basically stopped taking the stat. And then in January, I think stayed with a thyroid pill. Uh, and then I said, geez, doc, I'm really eating healthy.

00:36:31 I feel good. I, I'm not sure I need this. Can we just kind of ditch it? And we check it out? And he said, yeah. So we give it about two weeks, go get some blood work and said, everything looks fine, John, let's just kind of keep track of it. Maybe in three months, we'll check it again. Cause he said there was actually, um, natural thyroid. Uh, I want to call them medications, but they're not really a medication that th that, that your doctor's going to prescribe you. I go, why they're never going to tell you that there's natural alternatives. It's like, it's just crazy. My, my whole thinking on the Western medical and I, and I don't want to say anything bad about doc. I mean, you know, it's just, it's just, they're just trained. And I could go on about stories. Um, uh, there's a doctor who had ms and dr.

00:37:19 Terry Walls and she's, she's reversed her ms. And she's known as the, uh, wall's protocol. So it's basically, she's trained to give people medication all her life. She researched for her own disease and said, Whoa, food is actually medicine. You know, so getting the right food. So that's a whole nother subject. So there are some doctors that have changed their tune on. Um, but they just, they just don't stress. It even in Cassandra is in the medical field. She sees her patients coming in with a Tremaine traumatic brain injury or whatever it is. And she's like, yeah, she would like to say, if you started eating better, she could get in trouble. She can't say that that's terrible. You know, it's like what she's like with her helping me. I think it's opened her eyes to maybe a different career to, you know, going, going into functional medics.

00:38:14 And because her degree basically is good enough to allow her to do that. And I think she feels she's a little upset with the whole medical field right now because they're making her wear all these garments. Now she has to get her vaccine. And that's a whole nother story. I don't want to knock vaccines, but who knows what those things are. Part of my onset happened shortly after, I would say, when I really started noticing symptoms a month or two, after I got my whooping cough, because my grandbaby, you know, you want to protect the baby. And then I got a flu shot and then come to find out they could be like a trigger that could like, and I'm like, what do you mean it? Cause they actually put, they actually put like mercury in it and aluminum in it or something. I'm like what to preserve the vaccines, but it's FDA approved small amounts, but anyways, we could get into it. So I have a different view on vaccines, but you know that the doctors aren't going to say they're bad, of course, because one in a hundred thousand people have a adverse effect from it. So whatever. So yeah.

00:39:23 And have you found that you're, you're starting to do your research. You're starting to go through and, and figure this stuff out and there's just not a lot out there.

00:39:34 Well, fortunately there, there actually is a, uh, um, website that my daughter had found it's called healing ALS and there are actually two journalists that went kind of public like 10 years ago. And they've actually found 30 cases or so of people that have actually changed around their ALS and, uh, living 20, 30 years beyond their diagnosis. So some people might say, well, they never really had it. You know, it does hit everybody differently. Um, but the stories to me being that I'm experienced in what they're they went through, um, they seem pretty believable, but all of them actually say they all go back to they actually, all of them had refused to go on any of the medications that's prescribed to you. They went natural. They went with healthy eating, uh, supplementations. And actually they say the biggest part was positive mindset to smile.

00:40:28 Um, and, um, you know, um, sleeping exercising, which is hard to do with this because you overwork your muscles, you actually do more damage. So finding that fine line, I found my niche in two, um, but riding a bicycle with, uh, the e-bikes with electric assistance. So I'd have to strain my legs and I could go hours and I feel great. I feel like I'm moving things in my body, which is important. And that's what we all need to do is eat healthy exercise, get good sleep, and you can put your body into like a better chance of healing itself. Yeah,

00:41:04 Well, yeah. And I know that, um, you guys

00:41:08 Simple, common sense, but does that, nobody does that. You know what I mean? Nobody does that go, go, go, go world. And we don't get enough sleep. We don't get the proper nutrition and suddenly this could come and hit you. And, uh, um, so I wish I knew what I know now. So of, that's kinda why

00:41:34 I wanted to do this. Number one, I wanted to get you on and you, and I could kinda catch up on the things that you've been kind of, cause I, I talked to you, but like we didn't go like into like, you know, some of these areas, you know, as deep as I would like to go, just because I want to bring awareness to yes. ALS but just health in general. Like we don't take it serious enough. Yeah,

00:41:58 Exactly. And that's what it is. And then the good thing is about the functional medical doctor. He's, he's under, he's a chiropractor neurologist, but he he's kind of, you know, a big into God, of course. And I'm not saying that I'm not, but, uh, um, he, you know, he says it's in God's hands and he basically says, ALS is really just a label. And I think his belief, there's nothing that is incurable. If you can get in the right mindset and the right food. And, and I think it is mostly, the mindset is just to think that I can get better weather, whether I can, or like, I, I would never feel comfortable saying out loud, I'm going to beat this. I, I just feel, um, cautiously optimistic, you know, so I'm doing all the right things. Maybe something will change, you know?

00:42:49 Yeah. Well, you know, it, it kind of goes back to one day at a time, you know? I mean, I remember my mother who was a recovering alcoholic for over 20 years and I used to go to some AA meetings with her and the big thing for, you know, alcoholics and alcoholics anonymous and all that is the one day at a time, one day at a time, because you got to take something one day at a time and it goes for all of us, right? Like, don't start, don't start thinking about like the year from now the two years from now, like what ifs, because that may not ever happen. I just literally had this conversation with Lisa this morning because you're, you're, you're, you're out there. You're, you're anticipating something that may never happen. So in these stories that you're telling yourself are just, you're just putting, yeah.

00:43:37 Almost making that. Of course you can go on the internet with this disease and it's horrific. Um, that may be my future, but it isn't right now. So I just, can't not, it can't put that in my mind, but it is my reality. I, I'm not gonna deny that, but yeah, it could go the other way as well.

00:44:01 And that question and you listened to it. Um, he had a friend that was diagnosed, I think over four years ago. And she got her basically her diet in check positive mindset, like all of that stuff that you're doing. And she actually feels better now, four years later than the day that she got diagnosed.

00:44:16 Yeah. All right. I believe that I've heard story, so

00:44:21 You know, why, why shouldn't we shoot for that? Right. Why shouldn't we be optimistic if you feel okay today let's build on that. Right?

00:44:28 Right. Well, one of the guys that was, um, apparently a reversal that, you know, there's a few handful and they're actually backed by some doctors. Uh, he started, he knew something was wrong, but he went, he actually had from friends, advice, went to naturopath doctor like a functional. So they, they never, like, he never, I don't think it was ever on his radar. So for two years he actually got a headstart, but he did still progress progressed to where two years later he got the diagnosis, but he already in his mind was two years of eating healthy in the right track. And it didn't like, but I'm starting to feel better. So I think it's like, when you get told this, it just, it's just like, I think a lot of people are just like in a give up mode, you know? And it's, it's easy to be that way, but I think you can get your mindset that I can do this. These are the tools anyways. So, and I mean, his story seems very believable to me. So, um, he's, you know, I think been living with it 23 years, fully functioning and golfing and stuff like that. So anyways, not to get off track, but they all talk about how it was just in a way it is what it is, however it's going to go, it's going to go. But, uh, they all had the positive mindset.

00:45:48 Um, so, okay. So you said you feel, you feel great. Uh, and so go ahead.

00:45:56 I feel good. I mean, I still have residual effects if I do too much, especially with my upper body where I'm, I was affected the most, but I'm starting to learn that I shouldn't be doing this. I shouldn't do that. And that's another thing with this is you kind of have to change, um, put your ego aside and, uh, I can't be that He-Man anymore. That does everything and stuff. But anyways, overall, I, I feel really good.

00:46:21 Yeah. Well, again, and for you, it's hard because, uh, just so people know and I'll paint the picture. I mean, you know, John, you know, helped me build my house. You know what I mean? Like we were, you know, we put, we w I helped you put your roof on your house that you guys run over there in, in Scotia, New York. And, uh, like John was hardcore. You helped me do some side jobs. We built decks for people, like all of that stuff. Like we just,

00:46:46 The animals, um, we ended up buying a cat, a camp. And so I had to place to take care of how to boat, snowmobiles, all, all the fun stuff, but it was a busy running a business, uh, you know, which, you know, just kind of runs you down, you know? And, uh, as I'm getting older, I think a lot of that attributed to it, but I had fun. And now I'm in a different part of my life where I, you know, people say, Oh, you should start traveling, which we can now we're not Melissa. Don't have the travel bug. We have a new grandbaby that we want to enjoy, but yeah. So I just switched my gears and I think that that's helpful.

00:47:31 So, uh, I guess what I'd like to kinda, we can kind of wrap up here with is so for anyone listening right now that may either know someone that was diagnosed with this or anything for that matter, I mean, it could be cancer. It could be, you know, and anything that's like a diagnosis that, that you do not want to receive. What kind of advice would you, would you give that person? Like, you're, you're there you've been there. You're still there, but you're kind of through that, like negativity, like, Oh my gosh. Like what would you tell that person?

00:48:09 I mean, the biggest thing would be is, is, is, is hopefully you have a loving family and people around you just, um, I guess the best thing is, uh, be happy that you're here, here today, you know, and that's hard to get through that, but any of us could walk outside and get hit by a car or whatever. We, we don't, we don't know our fate. It's difficult when you're kind of told your fate. Um, but, um, I'm here now. It's, it's, it's the NA it's just living in the, now that you gotta learn to just appreciate, you know? Yeah.

00:48:53 And what about, what about like, let's say the first thing. Cause I mean, the first thing that I would probably say it, depending on what kind of lifestyle they're there they're having, it'd be like, I'd be like, you gotta get your biochemistry. Right, man. Like, you know what I mean? Like you got to clean that up. Yeah,

00:49:11 Absolutely. Yeah. That's, I mean, that's the number one thing and slow down in life. I mean, just look at your life. We all have been busy, busy, busy, stressful, you know, you don't get the proper sleep rest. And for owning a business, we really took no vacation time, you know, and it was always go, go, go, um, mentality. And, and now, um, different mindset I've been successful enough where I can kind of kick back, which is good, but, uh, you know, we still have the business, my daughter and son-in-law will be taken over my wife's running and still, and I'm still involved, but to the degree I was, but if you can slow down a little bit, that would be very helpful, you know? Yeah.

00:50:01 Well, I think it's, it's reducing the stress, right? The refuge

00:50:05 In your life.

00:50:07 And uh, I mean, you, you know, this story, I, I, I told you this last year, you know, I did a lot of stuff. Right. Put my own event out book, you know, doing the podcast, uh, you did our Lake house, did that over Airbnb, like all that stuff. And I ended up here,

00:50:22 Oh yeah, that's stress, that's stress. That brings it out, you know, stress.

00:50:25 Right. And so that's Lisa looked at me and she goes, wait, what are you, what are you doing? You know? And I'm like, yeah, we gotta slow this puppy down because you know, does nothing matters if I'm not here? Yeah, no, absolutely. You know, so, um, but, uh, you know, I, I do want to, I think I would even probably want you to come back on again. And what we'll do is kind of any learnings that we have as far as you going down this road, because you're going down this road and you're going down it to try to figure out what it is that can help you, but also what could help someone else that might be in your shoes or might be in these shoes six months from now?

00:51:04 Absolutely. And just bring awareness.

00:51:06 I would say anybody right now, that's listening that had no someone ALS has ALS or anything at all. Uh, and you have something that you think would be helpful to myself, to John, to anyone else in these shoes, reach out to me and let me know, scott@brandcreators.com, just email me. Um, because my goal here is this is not, this episode is not how to build your brand to six and seven figures, right? This is here to say, listen, like we can work ourselves to death, but if we don't take care of ourselves, it might not be for anything. You got to slow ourselves down. We got to do what's important, but also how important taking care of ourselves is, and that goes mind, body, and soul, you know, everything in between. So, but, uh, anything else you want to wrap up with there, Johnny? Boy?

00:51:59 Well, I want you to, I'm going to be checking in with you, uh, pretty regularly to make sure you're sticking with this celery juice.

00:52:05 Yeah. Well, I will, dude. I, you know, I'm in and I think also part of me being in is because I'm like, you know what, if John is doing this, he's doing it. Cause he's fighting for his life. I don't know that I'm fighting for my life. Although I, I am because everyday we're getting older anyway. And the way I look at it is, is I'm kind of doing it as a contribution to like you, it's like, I'm having a glass of celery juice with my, with my brother, you know, over on the other side of, uh, of New York. So it's like, uh, I'm doing it also because I know it's the best thing to do for myself right now. And I'm also doing it as like a way that I'm like, I'm connecting with, with John right now. So, um, but yeah, and it, it's not bad. Like I don't mind it. I really don't.

00:52:51 I said, for me, it's, it's better to drink it straight, but like you put a piece of an Apple in it and I don't wrong with that. Well, I know you'll find out every salary stock has a different taste over time and try to try to stay with organic. If we can. I know it's a little bit more money, but it's a little cleaner because salary can be considered classified as a dirty, you know, vegetable or so you need to clean it good before you run it through too.

00:53:18 But it's funny, Lisa, Lisa put an order in the other day just when we get ready to juice and she goes, you anything? I go, yeah, I need 12 stocks.

00:53:28 Well, it's amazing when you go through, when you go through the line, my daughter will get it, my wife or I, and they're like, Oh, what's all the salary for celery soup. Now. They're like, I juice and no it's real good. Right? I go, well, some people don't think so, well you can lose a lot of weight. I go, well, yeah, I guess, you know, it's just how it's just healthy. We do it for healthy. I, you know, look at you a little strange. Um, we were thinking of the scene. If we could find a source that they could drop a case off. Uh, I'm sure there is, but we'll see.

00:54:05 It's funny. It's like I said, at least the other day I go, we're going to run out of room with a refrigerator. I need, I need to get that stuff. And she found it actually, uh, it was whole foods actually had some organic for like a buck 99. Oh, okay. I was like, man, that's cheap. Yeah. Cause it was really good. It was fresh.

00:54:22 Sure. Oh yeah. You'll find it. You'll find bad salary. Good salary. They do. They all have different tastes to them. Some good. Some, some, you know, bad. Okay.

00:54:32 Yeah. And it was funny. It was funny because when I did my first round, I'm like, you know, I remember the last time I had celery juice and I really didn't like it. I go, I'm just going to add a little piece of Apple to it. I'll just add it. And I added it and it did sweeten it up. Right. And I'm like, Oh, I can do this. And then, um, I told you, and then you were like, you know, Oh, that's fine. I mean, you really should drink it straight, but that's fine. And then Melissa heard from Lisa that I put the app, she goes, you can't do that. That's not going to be effective. So I go, all right, let me listen to this guy. So I ended up listening to the medium guy there and he was like, just drinking straight. Don't add anything to it, drink it straight. It's going to be the best thing for you. And I'm like, you know what, I'm going to do what you're supposed to do. Um,

00:55:10 That'd be cool if you could, if you could get Lisa to reach out to him, Andy Williams, uh, I don't know. It's pretty, pretty famous, but you never know. You've got some good people on there. He, he does try to promote a lot of books and stuff. So yeah. You never know

00:55:24 I'm going to, I'm going to have her reach out and uh, we'll definitely end. We'll we'll bring you up and we'll, uh, we'll, we'll see what we can do. See what he's got for recommendations.

00:55:33 Well, he does have a segment on ALS he's. He's had some cases where, whether they were really ALS or he may have said ALS similar symptoms, cause it's considered a mysterious disease, I guess. But, um, no, he did definitely does. And we were following a lot of them. He has like a, we could talk maybe at another time about a smoothie detox, you know, with blueberries and stuff like that. And spinach and stuff like that. We try to try to include that include that every day. So he's got a lot of good things, so that'd be cool.

00:56:03 Yeah. Yeah, no, we'll, we'll definitely work on that for sure. Uh, I had something else there. I was going to ask you on that, on the, uh, on the smoothie. Uh, so you're doing a smoothie too every day, pretty much.

00:56:16 Um, we do a STI bowl that we get some local places, um, or, or I make it with, uh, almond milk, sometimes just water ice, some spinach leaves. And you could throw cilantro there. It's like a heavy metal it's supposed to help grab heavy metals and get them out of your system. Throw open hand in there. He's got the whole thing. You can just Google medical, medium detox and the recipes right there. So like a Vitamix, blender type things. Best try to include that every day.

00:56:50 What was that? This is kind of off topic, but it's you, I remember what I was going to ask you. Uh, what was the, what was the other disease that almost looks like ALS that could be, uh, what was the name of it? You, you were actually getting another test to see if it was like Lyme disease, Lyme disease. I think it was like a person's name. It was like a, or a last name was like Johnson or something or Kennedy, that's it?

00:57:16 Right. Well, still I, my neurologist, uh, been to three neurologist, you know, and I've had five EMGs and this is all, you know, familiar stories with people. They go through all these, but I think my neurologist is scratching his head a little bit because it's a, there's an upper and motor neuron involvement with ALS and he's seeing the lower motor neuron. So he's trying to, he's trying to put a label on it, but I, I just assume say I got ALS as much as I don't want to instead of keep getting poked and prodded and, and shocked. And, and uh, so I can, I feel like a Guinea pig, but I, I respect him. He wants to be thorough, but that that's a generic disease, uh, which tested negative, which I assumed, but he's seeing right now, like the lower motor neuron, which could be progressive muscle atrophy, which leads into ALS. But I actually, maybe I'm I got him scratching his head because of everything I'm doing, you know, it's helping and, and he just made a comment. You seem to be a slow progressor. So I said, okay, well, let's get it to stop.

00:58:19 Yeah. And what, what are the, what are the markers so far? Like what's the top and then where have you, where did you measure in and then where are you?

00:58:26 We call it F, C R S a score like 48 is a full functioning. So they take points off. Like, I might be off a point or two because my hands are, um, like I have hard time, like buttoning my shirt, turning keys, but I can do them. So I don't know. Yeah. So how's your pen writing? I go mostly goes on sloppy. I go, well, you know, how, how often do we write with this technology world? Right. You know, when you think about it so I can write fine. So he goes, I got to take a half a point off if you can't pay for it. Right. And messy, I go, whatever. So

00:59:03 Yeah. I don't think he put a score on it. So, um, it's, it's a disease that affects people differently. There's a statistical thing online that I want to, I don't want to put my mind in it, you know, so many years is the average, but it is what it is. Um, but Sandra this morning talked to somebody that she, who had it, that that is progressing really fast for whatever reason. So, um, yeah. So who knows, you know, it's, it hits everybody a little bit differently and stuff, but I honestly believe what I'm doing is helping. So

00:59:36 I agree. I a hundred percent agree. Uh, Oh, the, the last thing, cause, um, remember I told you, uh, Darren had asked or didn't ask, you was saying like, the first thing I would do is get marked. Like I would get all my testing to see where I'm deficient and to see like where I,

00:59:51 Where you become kind of your own advocate, because the doctors look at you, like you're cuckoo when you ask him about that stuff. But thanks to the healing ALS website, I, they, they did do rec there was a recommendation to get a hair analysis. So I, they, there was a resource, a link I mailed in the kit, it was 189 blocks. You give them some hair, they send it back. And there shows your, your deficiencies that, that are in your tissue. Um, there was definitely some alarming things on there that my functional medical doctor had noticed head height. I don't think he understood it, but there was some of my nutrients in combination with heavy metals, I believe were showing high toxicity, which creates the inflammation and all that. So that was in February. So I'd actually like to do another one just to see if everything were where I'm at.

01:00:40 You know, so there's, there are some resources, but it's a shame that you got to be kind of become your own advocate, uh, you know, in a way to, to do all this research because the medical doctors just aren't gonna going to help you with that because they have a lot of the, like, it's funny, a lot of people say that you become more knowledgeable than them who are, who are neurologists doctors, you know, and in a lot of cases on what's, what's going on with like the upcoming stuff. So unless it's FDA approved or whatever, they're not going to back it, you know,

01:01:15 There's actually one, um, that I seen, I think it was Dave Asprey had it as a mentioned. And I think I even heard Darren talk about it. Um, it was a it's called Viome. Have you ever heard of it? Yeah. It's, I'm looking at the site right now. Basically it says, eat intelligently volumes, gut intelligent test. You basically mail this thing in and you take a sample poop sample. Yeah, I haven't done that. And it's 149 bucks regular price, two 99. And it's it's well, uh, it's well Welly or it's well-respected in the industry, a lot of big names in the biohacking world. Um, recommend it. Um, so yeah, check it out. I'm actually Lisa and I are thinking about doing it, just to see where we're deficient. Um, cause I think, again, we don't, we don't look at our own chemistry. Not everyone is the same. Like we can say you should take your 170 pounds. You should take two vitamin DS a day. Should I go? I don't know, am I that deficient? You know what I mean? Like you're different than me. You might get more.

01:02:20 Yeah. I mean, I'm taking recommendation from my functional medical doctor, but he hasn't yet talked about a gut test like that He's looked at some of my blood work and he could tell that I definitely had something parasitical in my gut that some number that he saw. So he's got me on some supplements to correct that some probiotics and stuff anyways, but yeah, I'd be interested. I'd be interested to look into that for sure.

01:02:46 I'm going to, I'm going to do it. I think Lisa and I are both going to do it, but we wanted to do it just, just to kind of see again, like where your markers are and that's exactly what, uh, uh, Darren said, you know, he's like, you have to, you have to know where you're at, right? It's like you can't, you can't guess and not everyone's chemistry is the same, so you need to just get that tested. And then once you do, you can kind of see, okay, this is what it looks like, right? Let's, let's take a supplement to help correct that, you know, a natural supplement or let's try to add more of this in your diet because that will help with that. You know what I mean? And I think a lot,

01:03:22 But my battery is getting low. So if I call it out, I guess, I guess we're done, but keep going.

01:03:26 We are done. The dogs are barking. So I think that's going to be a wrap, but John, thank you so much, man, for coming on. We'll definitely get you back, um, back on and do a little bit of an update. And again, for anyone that is listening, uh, that has any resources or that, uh, has any questions on this, definitely send them overScott@brandcreators.com and uh, we'll do our best to, to help with more information. Maybe I'll get some more experts on here that we can bring more light to it because honestly, I think we all neglect our help as much as we should. And it's, you know, as you're younger, sometimes you're, you're, you're feeling an invincible. We've all been there, John, you and I both been there. So once again, man, I appreciate you. Um, and I'll be seeing you probably soon. I know Lisa's coming down there, but we're gonna, we're gonna probably hook up in January, I think. Right. You guys might be, Hey man. Thanks for coming on, man.

01:04:17 All right, we'll talk to you. All right, Scott.

01:04:19 All right. So there you go. I know it was not a business building brand building type of episode, but I do think this is as important as learning the next hack or strategy or tactic to grow your business because let's face it without us, without us driving the business, without us being able to pull the levers and all of that stuff. What good is it? Right? We have to think about that. We have to take care of ourselves and uh, you know, I'm always thinking of how can I better improve my, you know, my body? How can I prolong aging, any of that stuff. And I think after you get past a certain period of your life, you start to really think about it even more. But then when you have people around you that are diagnosed with things like this ALS or cancer or any of those things, it makes you really think, and I really value life.

01:05:13 I mean, I'm building businesses because I want the freedom that it supplies and all of that stuff. But if I'm not able to be here, right, if I'm not alive, what good is it? So we got to think about that, right? We are the foundation before we ever do anything. So just think about that and think about what's really important to you and, uh, and how you can even perform at a higher level when you have better habits and you're healthier and you feel better and you have less stress and all of that stuff, like imagine what your life is like when you feel like you're, you're just running at full, uh, you know, optimal capacity and all of that stuff. Once again, guys, I hope that this helps you. I hope that you take something away here and apply it. Maybe it's drinking that glass of celery juice, first thing in the morning, like I am.

01:06:00 And like John is whatever it is. I hope it helps you in one way. And I hope it gets you to the place that you want to be in your life guys. So that's it. That's going to wrap it up as always remember, I'm here for you. I believe in you and I am rooting for you, but you have to, you have to come on, say it with me, say it loud, say it. Proud. Take action. Have an awesome, amazing day. And I'll see you right back here on the next episode. Now let's rock your brand.

Scott Voelker

Over the years I’ve helped thousands of people TAKE ACTION to UNLOCK their true potential on building their ultimate freedom business, by developing the skills to make them resilient, confident and FUTURE PROOF. I’ve clocked my 10,000 hours over the years working in the trenches myself and helping others build and grow their brands. I know the power in TAKING ACTION better than anyone and I’ve seen people lives changed as a result of it...including my OWN!